How To Add WhatsApp Sharing Button On WordPress For More Traffic

Update: I have updated this article with a new plugin which also supports iOS.

WordPress Whatsapp Sharing Button

Few days back, I shared best Social media sharing plugins for WordPress, and most of these plugins are optimised for web-version of your blog. You must be aware of the fact that mobile usage is increasing every day, and it’s important for you to optimise your mobile version of the site for sharing and conversions.

When it comes to mobile Apps, Whatsapp is one of the most popular messaging apps and you must be having it right now on your phone. Since Whatsapp is now available on web, it’s important for you to add it as a part of your blog marketing & promotion.

Have you ever thought of adding Whatsapp sharing button on your blog? Imagine what kind of immense traffic it can bring to your site as it will make sharing so easier. Your readers read an article, and if they find it interesting they can quickly forward it to their friends/team view Whatsapp.

Before I share the way to add Whatsapp button on your WordPress blog, let me quickly share some interesting stats with you.

Popular Website Buzzfeed added WhatsApp button sometime back, and now Whatsapp button is generating more share than Twitter share button. In a conversation with Re-code, Buzzfeed President Jon Steinberg added “Every time we looked at WhatsApp’s numbers, it blew us away“.

After all, it makes complete sense as Whatsapp sharing button on mobile phone works like “Email to friend” option and the difference are that it’s faster and happens in real-time. Undoubtedly it has power to make anything go viral too.

Let’s look at the way by which you can add Whatsapp social sharing button on your blog. WhatsApp button was earlier available only on Android, and now it supports iOS too. The first plugin listed below supports iOS only.

WhatsApp Share button plugin for iOS & Android

WhatsApp share button is the simplest plugin to add Whatsapp button on your blog. This is a free plugin, and it also supports URL tracking via Google Analytics. I suggest not to enable this, as it adds an extra parameter to the URL shared by your readers, and it makes it look ugly. This could be avoided if the plugin is integrated with any URL shortener. You can download the plugin from here.

Whatsapp share iOS plugin

The plugin comes with settings option, and you can automatically add the Whatsapp button on posts, pages including all your custom post type. You also have an option to add the button manually via Shortcode. (I’m using this plugin here at ShoutMeLoud)

Mobile share bar plugin for Whatsapp button- (Android only)

I recommend you to use the above plugin, as this plugin doesn’t support iOS platform.

Here is a step by step guide for you to use this plugin. For non-WordPress users, I have also listed down another method at the bottom to use for your website.

  • Download and install Mobile share bar plugin and it’s free. < Official Link>
  • After activating the plugin, go to Settings > Mobile share bar and configure the option. Everything is straight forward, and you will have no problem configuring it.

mobile share bar WordPress plugin

You also have an option to add your credentials to shorten URL. I have already configured a branded URL on, and if you want to do that, you should refer to this guide. (This is optional). Select the places where you want to show the share button on your blog. I have selected Homepage, Posts, Pages to show Whatsapp and Facebook button. Select the position of share button for your mobile site.

mobile share bar plugin settings

Click on save changes and clear your WordPress cache. It’s time to verify if it’s working or not, so open your iPhone and type your website address to see if it’s working or not. If you don’t have an iPhone, well you don’t have an iPhone, ask any of your friends to test your WordPress blog on iPhone and confirm it for you. Here is a screenshot of how it looks for ShoutMeLoud:

Whatsapp share button on iPhone

There are few more plugins that have added Whatsapp button feature and here is the list:

If you know of more plugins which now supports Whatsapp sharing button, you can let me know via comments.

For non-WordPress website:

For any other platform, you can use this Whatsapp sharing button generator tool to generate code and add it to your blog.

The only limitation of this button right now is; it works with iOS platform only and I’m hoping to see Android support too in the near future. Overall, After Pocket button, this is the second new sharing button I’m trying here at ShoutMeLoud, and I will share my learning soon. I will look forward to your experience and traffic details after integrating Whatsapp sharing button on your blog.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 33 )

  1. says

    hey, I tried many Plugins (Mobile ShareBar, shareholic, whatsapp-jetpack-button) for WhatsApp Sharing but no one includes Post content they all share its Links only on WA…
    suggest me the best

  2. says

    Hello Harsh,
    Nice information on WhatsApp sharing, this is something I wanted but I was not getting time to hunt for the stuff and exploit! But its so awesome to get it here so easily.

  3. SANUSI says

    @Harsh . This is great, i just install on my site .. thanks so much for sharing this plugins any way out for blogger site

    Share with us if way out for blogger site


    More of this information

  4. Derek says

    I did not know about this plugin. Just installed the plugin and thanks for the heads up. I could use every bit of traffic. lol

    No issues with the plugin.

  5. Rohit Mewada says

    Hi Harsh
    Nice info I am definitely going to use this feature.

    I have a question in my mind. Please! you tell me which plugin you use for mobile friendly sharing buttons.

  6. says

    A really good plugin Harsh. The Whats App share option is superb given that about 70% of the internet users in India are on Whats App. I also checked, it works on Android.

    Thank you so much for the share.

  7. harsha says

    How to add this plugin to blogger, whatsapp has great potential to drive traffic, i hope this will give new horizon to bloggers

  8. Mohnish Deshpande says

    Adding a Whatsapp Share button is going to be really helpful to increase traffic. Is there a Share to Whatsapp option in the ShareThis plugin?? And if so, how to configure it?

  9. Mohit Kumar says

    Woaw… XD
    This is interesting, i didnt knew that.
    WhatsApp sharing its something new for me. Gonna check this now.

    And i’ll try to implement it on blogger too.

    Thanks For Sharing This Post. Loved It <3

  10. I. C. Daniel says

    Get ready for the mobile world. Yeah… sure thing having an whatsapp sharing button is going to drive more traffic. Nice tip!

  11. says

    Wow Thanks Harsh for sharing this plugin name with us. 70% My website traffic comes from mobile and right now i was dependent on facebook and twitter only. I am definitely going to try this plugin and let you know my experience.

    Thanks Once again awesome tutorial

  12. Giri says

    Thanks for the info. In India most of us are using Android only. If they released for Android also then will be great.

  13. Swapnadip Chakraborty says

    Wow harsh, Great news!!!! Glad to know that now I can share Whats app button on my wordpress blog. It is very popular apps of smartphone. We can able to send files through it. Thanks for sharing this plugin. It will definitely boost website traffic of our blog.


  14. Dk Patel says

    Hi Harsh,
    Whatsapp sharing is really cool and new for social sharing for Mobile user to share content.
    Apart from this sharethis Plugins also providing inbuilt feature of Whatsapp sharing. I added this on my site and Looking cool.

  15. Niladri Chatterjee says

    Currently I’m using Blogger and looking forward to upgrade to WP. Meanwhile I found this article. I never even thought about it! It’s fully logical though. Today, no one mails a link to friends, they ‘whatsapps’ them. So thumbs up to the plug in. :)

  16. Ganeshkumar says

    Wow!! This is great news. But disappointed too that it doesnt work for Android. Looking at the india market, where most mobile devices are samsung, I think android should soon jump into the picture.

  17. Gautam Sehgal says

    Your sharing is always commendable. I was researching on this since days but was on a wrong track. This is the reason why I link shoudmeloud in my articles. Surely going to use it on my blog, i hope this will increase traffic. Thanks for the wonderful article Mr. Harsh

  18. says

    Wow was really helpful for me because i used to get lot of Mobile visitors than desktop visitors. With the Whatsapp Share Button still i can boost my traffic thats really great. This would be more helpful for getting mobile Traffic.

  19. Rahul Kashyap says

    It is really amazing plugin @Harsh and thanks you this tutorial. I will definitely try this plugin on my blog. It seem that whatsapp only work iPhone device. Am I right?

  20. Rajinder Sanwal says

    Hey Harsh! I think use of Mobile share bar plugin in our blog will certainly increase traffic. I will try this plugin. Thank you for sharing such an informative article.

  21. krishnan says

    Hey, this is the time to replace email to friend with whatsapp, Thanks for sharing such a good information for improving our blog traffic via mobile.